Carolyn P. Kohberger

February 28, 1939 ‒ August 30, 2019

Ostrander, Ohio

Carolyn P. Kohberger, age 80 of Ostrander, OH, passed away Friday, August 30, 2019 at her home in Ostrander. She was born February 28, 1939 in Akron, OH to the late Ford and Helen (Hopkins) Crile.

Left to cherish Carolyn’s memory are her brother, Gary Crile of Summerfield, FL; nephew, Larry Crile of Ostrander, and several other relatives and friends.

Carolyn grew up in Ghent, OH, in a musically talented family. She was an accomplished, classically trained piano player, providing her services to various churches. She grew up with horses, and continued to be passionate about them throughout her lifetime. Carolyn earned her bachelor’s degree in teaching from Kent State, and a master’s degree from Ohio State University. Her mind was a logical and organized one. She retired after more than forty years of teaching science. Carolyn taught science for middle schools at the Big Walnut School District, and the Johnstown School District. She was the proud recipient of numerous teaching awards, including the Governor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, awards from the National Science Association, the Ohio Academy of Science, and state science fairs. Carolyn was an avid Ohio State football fan. She loved to watch their games and collect Ohio State memorabilia. She enjoyed hosting “tailgate parties” in her living room.

In addition to her parents, Carolyn was preceded in death by her brothers: Donald, James, and Wesley Crile; and sister, Phyllis Bortscheller.

Inurnment will take place at Bath Center Cemetery, in Bath, OH.

Arrangements entrusted to Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center in Delaware. Condolences may be expressed to the family, and memories may be shared by visiting

  • Many of us are thankful for her science contributions to us at Big Walnut HS. She was just a few years older than us in 1962 freshman science! Thank you, Miss Crile. We are blessed with your teaching and challenges to our learning.

  • Carolyn was my science teacher at Adams Middle School and it was very evident that she truly cared about the students. I later as an adult, had the pleasure of working with her when I was the building secretary at Adams. She was retired then but was a substitute when we needed her and still cared about all the students 😊.

  • Very sorry to hear of her passing. She was my 8th grade science teacher at Adams Middle School in Johnstown OH. She was a great teacher and cared about all of us.

  • She will be greatly missed. I had her for Science at Adam’s Muddle School and her influence led to my love of science. I majored in Biology in college in part from her influence. Rest in peace.

  • Sorry to hear about Mrs. Kohberger. My first year at Johnstown was in 8th grade. I actually remember her class more than any of the others!! I wonder if it’s because she sent me out to the hall alot!!!😂 She was stern, but kind. And she had a great smile!!! Peace and comfort to your family Mrs. Kohberger!!! From what I read above, it sounds like you knew Jesus!!! Amen, and God Bless!!

  • One of my most memorable teachers! I had her in 8th grade at Adams Middle School in Johnstown and she was one of those teachers who got to know her students and cared. Even after graduation from high school, we stayed in touch via mail and later email. I became a teacher myself and will never forget the impact she made on me and hope to give that same attention to my many students. May her family find comfort in all these wonderful memories of her. Rest in Peace Mrs. K as you’ll forever live on in the many minds and hearts you touched!

  • My deepest condolences to Ms. Kohberger’s family. She was my Jr. High Science teacher at Willis C. Adams in Johnstown, Ohio. I loved her! She made learning fun! She will be deeply missed but always & forever, fondly remembered.

  • One of Adams Middle School teachers I deeply respected and adored, both as a co-worker and a friend. Carolyn inspired my children, both of whom she taught, encouraged and supported throughout their Ohio State years to their chosen careers. Carolyn was an intellectual influence in my daughter becoming an Internal Medicine Physician and a Mayo Clinic Breast Cancer Director. Thank you for truly blessing my family and my life, Carolyn. I’ll forever treasure your cards and notes, your gifts and sweet memories. God bless you, Dear Friend, with eternal rest and peace.

  • So sorry to hear of Carolyn’s passing. She was the only teacher who made me stand in the hallway with Chuck Cundiff. We talked and laughed too much, as we were science partners. Prayers for her family. Rest in Peace.

  • So sorry to hear about Mrs. Kohberger’s death. I had her as a teacher in middle school. She will be dearly missed.